At the RIO

This Week at the RIO
Fri 13 Jan to Thur 26 Jan
Somewhere over the rainbow… Los Angeles now is the setting for an exhilarating homage to optimism, dreams, falling in love and the Golden Age of the Hollywood Musical. Damien Chazelle, director of WHIPLASH, brings the movie musical singin’ and dancin’ into the 21st century with the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are both struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. But is their love strong enough to weather disappointment, compromise, and separation? And is a Happy Ending just another dream? From the start – an astonishing single-shot opening sequence set on the L.A. Freeway that alone calls for a standing ovation – LA LA LAND is a bold and ambitious, dazzling piece of cinematic magic, and yes, that really is Entertainment!
“The movie gets a lot of flavour from its twisted heritage. It is a US indie do-over of a French New Wave take on a classic American genre, part New York, New York, part The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, part Singin’ In The Rain….Audacious, retro, funny and heartfelt, La La Land is the latest great musical for people who don’t like musicals – and will slap a mile-wide smile across the most miserable of faces… A film about love made with love, it’s hard to imagine any 2017 movie will leave you on a higher high.
Empire 5/5 stars
Sun 15 Jan at 2.30pm
NT Live – No Man’s Land (15) BOOK TICKETS
Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in a glorious revival of Harold Pinter’s comic classic NO MAN’S LAND, recorded live at Wyndham’s theatre on December 15, 2016.

One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.
Followed by a Q&A with the cast and director.

‘Two of the greatest actors ever born in one of the greatest plays ever written.’
Time Out

‘Perfect Pinter. A true masterpiece.’
Sunday Times

‘A faithful and loving production of this masterwork.’

From Jan 27
Manchester By The Sea (15) BOOK TICKETS

In the acclaimed new drama from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me, Margaret), Casey Affleck stars as Lee, a man whose spare existence is suddenly ruptured when the death of his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) forces him to return to the hometown he abandoned years before. Rocked by contact with his estranged ex-wife (Michelle Williams) and the revelation that Joe has made him guardian of his teenage son (Lucas Hedges), Lee is forced to face up to painful memories and new-found levels of responsibility as he reconnects with his family.
“A truly incredible piece of cinema from a filmmaker that has marked himself as one of the most important working today.”

Other Highlights coming soon…

Classic Matinee – Wednesday 18 Jan at 2.30pm
Southside With You (12A) BOOK TICKETS

Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
Classic Matinee is our monthly community screening for for older audiences but everyone is welcome !
We open up the circle and offer free tea, coffee and biscuits, and for the over 50’s its only £2 per ticket – its always packed and fun

Sun 22 Jan
Screening both the Original version in Japaese with English Subtitles and also the dubbed Englis language version
Your Name – Kimi no Na wa (12A)BOOK TICKETS
YOUR NAME is the non-Studio Ghibli anime that has not only stormed the Japanese box office but has internationally established director Makota Shinkai as the acclaimed heir to the great Hiyao Miyazaki. Two teenagers’ lives are changed forever when the first visible comet for a thousand years approaches. Mitsuha lives in a rural area and longs to leave, whilst Taki waits tables in Tokyo when he’s not studying. Despite never having met, they both begin to dream about each other, imagining that somehow they have exchanged bodies and are existing in parallel lives. The consequences are initially just simply strange but a dark journey lies ahead.. A rich, precise and beautifully observed look at Time and Fate, YOUR NAME is a tale of two genuinely star-crossed lovers that is both honest and enchanting from start to finish.
Sun 5 Feb at 1.45pm
NT Live – Amadeus (15) BOOK TICKETS

An encore performance recorded live from the National Theatre on Thursday February 2. The performance lasts approximately 3 hours including interval.

Music. Power. Jealousy. Peter Shaffer’s multi award-winner premiered at the National Theatre in 1979 and went on to become the basis for Milos Forman’s memorable Academy Award winning movie.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

“Epic. Wonderful. A stupendous revival” Time Out

“A soaring song of genius and jealousy” Evening Standard

“Note-perfect. Fresh, vital and musically inventive” Daily Telegraph

Beautiful cinema !
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